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Giving in Memory

The Sophie Trevelyan Thomas scholarship


The Courtauld Institute of Art has had the privilege to work with the family of Sophie Trevelyan Thomas, a Courtauld alumna who died tragically in November 2013, to raise money for a permanently endowed scholarship in Sophie’s name. With thanks to the generosity of our donors, we raised over £250,000. The Sophie Trevelyan Thomas Scholarship covers the tuition fees for one or more student who is taking an MA in any module from the Medieval or Renaissance period, thereby reflecting Sophie’s interests.

“The nature of the scholarship, in memory of Sophie Trevelyan Thomas, adds an element of poignancy to my feelings of thanks. I feel honoured to be the first person awarded this new scholarship, and although I never knew the eponym of my scholarship, I feel proud to have been given this opportunity in memory of a Courtauld Alumna. I can assure you that I am making the most of every moment of my time here, and I thank you for this gift.”

Oliver Coulson, 2014

Gifts in memory of Dr Walter Liedtke


Dr Ernst Vegelin, Head of The Courtauld Gallery (left) in conversation with Dr Walter Liedtke

The Courtauld is accepting gifts in memory of Dr Walter Liedtke, an alumnus of The Courtauld and Curator of Dutch and Flemish painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our distinguished alumni Dr Walter Liedtke, curator of Dutch and Flemish painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tragically, Dr Liedtke was killed in a train crash on 3 February 2015 in Valhalla, New York.

Dr Liedtke earned his Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a Master’s degree in Art History from Brown University and a PhD at The Courtauld in 1974 with Professor Michael Kitson (Architectural paintings in Delft : 1650-1675). He taught at Ohio State University from 1975 to 1979 before going on to the Met where he organised blockbuster exhibitions of Dutch and Flemish artists, including Rembrandt and Vermeer.  Dr Liedtke maintained close ties with The Courtauld through giving generous time to our alumni organisation and as a highly active and dedicated Vice President of The American Foundation for The Courtauld Institute of Art.

Professor Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director of The Courtauld, commented Walter will be hugely missed by the many of us who have worked with him, have known him as a warm friend and have enjoyed both his insightful scholarship and his wonderful ability to bring the art of earlier periods alive. We  send our deepest sympathies to his family and to all his colleagues at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at this time of tragic loss.

If you would like to donate to The Courtauld in memory of Walter, you can do so by following the instructions below. The Courtauld will allocate donations to creating a scholarship at The Courtauld in his name. The scholarship will support either US scholars or scholars taking an MA or PhD in Dr. Liedtke’s area of interest, 17th century Dutch and Flemish painting. We are aiming to raise as much money as possible, to enable eligible students to benefit from this life-changing financial support with a scholarship named for Dr. Liedtke. Donations will be recorded in the next edition of the Courtauld News.

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